Nippon Color to promote Screen’s products in India

Product range includes CTP machines and digital label printing solutions

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Screen's complete product portfolio includes offset CTP, flexo CTP, UV inkjet label press, etc.

Nippon Color has announced its partnership with Screen Graphic Solutions, a manufacturer and supplier of production systems for the prepress and printing industries, for its complete product portfolio in India. 

The alliance will allow Nippon Color, a leading pre-press equipment and digital printing solutions provider, to continue supporting its large customer base in the Indian printing industry with the latest innovations.

Screen Solutions’ range of equipment includes the Truepress Jet series of large format inkjet printers, UV inkjet label presses, sheet-fed and web-fed inkjet presses, the Equios workflow system, RIPs, and offset & flexo computer-to-plate (CTP) systems.

Nippon Color has announced the availability of the sales and service of Screen in India as they aim to help print providers grow and diversify their businesses and become more profitable.

Screen was originally introduced in the Indian market by the Nippon Group in 1972, grabbing a majority market share for their imagesetters and CTP devices. 

We are delighted to associate with Screen again after sharing a long successful relationship with them in the past. We sold over 600 CTP/CTCP machines in a span of 15 years. The brand name Screen with Nippon Color resonated with trust and reliability and we want to bring that faith back to our customers,” Jayant Pardiwala, CEO of Nippon Color, said. 

We are particularly excited about the new PlateRite series of Thermal CTP, and Flexo CTP systems which are offered with an optional magnetic drum for steel-based plates.”

While the CTP market remains key to Nippon Color, they are also putting emphasis on digital technologies. Digital label printing is growing as more and more flexo printers realize the importance of print-on-demand. 

Screen’s Truepress Jet allows label converters a shorter-turnaround time to market with the benefit of customization. The Truepress Jet L350UV SAI Series offers seven inks to ensure superior color reproduction while an extra printhead provides optimum scalability.

Our vision at Nippon Color is to help our industry to transition from analog to digital technologies in a way that it complements print providers’ existing set-up. Screen is known for their innovative and reliable solutions and we are excited to work with them to develop a strong network throughout India,” said Akshat Pardiwala, COO of Nippon Color.

India is an important market and it is crucial for Screen to have a representation that can reach and assist customers in the country. This co-operation will give customers reliable solutions to choose from with a strong service back-up from Nippon Color. 

Nippon Color will be directly working with GA Dynamic, the exclusive agent of Screen Solutions. The main activities of GA Dynamic include sales and technical support on Screen products to their dealers and customers in Southeast Asia, South Asia and Maldives, sales territories of 15 countries. 

Nippon Color’s customer-centric approach in the Indian market has enabled us yet again to put our trust in them with our complete product portfolio. We look forward to our strong partnership”, said Yong, CEO of GA Dynamic.

Screen’s solutions are known for their ability to streamline printing processes and improve the quality of production. The portfolio allows printers and converters to become leaders in their respective markets.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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